By Susan Schade
It was several years ago that I first did this. I was interested in losing some weight, shaping up, the usual. But I was most interested in seeing what I was putting into my body without really thinking about it.
So when I began, I did not attempt to limit anything that I was eating. I wanted to see what foods, portions and at what times during the day I was eating.
Everyday, in a notebook, I wrote down what I was eating, how much and at what time. I also recorded the calories and fat grams that went along with the foods that I was eating.
After recording my eating habits for a couple of days, I saw where changes could be made to improve my diet. I had three main problems -- portion size, food choices, and a "weak" time of the day for snacking.
If you are not used to measuring out portion sizes, you might be eating more than you think. I was.
For example, dry cereal has a portion size that can vary from ½ cup to 1 cup, depending upon type. That is
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Ruth loves to be active and until recently was an avid runner and in good health. Yes, she had kidney stones, but that was no big deal.
And then she needed hernia surgery. Again, no big deal.
As she recovered from the hernia surgery, and was told she could exercise, she found it really hurt to run. Like a lot of us, she went to the sports medicine doctor.
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Ruth was shocked. The questions turned to, what type of cancer was it and did it come from somewhere else in her body?
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With heart disease being the number one leading cause of death in women today, this research is huge. The harm doesn't stop there.
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